A PLAN hatched by a national hotel chain to open three new hotels in the Portsmouth area is ‘good news’ for the region.
Hampshire Chamber of Commerce has welcomed an announcement by Travelodge, saying it is looking to open three new hotels in the wider Portsmouth area.
The firm said it is looking for sites in Portsmouth, Waterlooville and either Fareham or Portchester as part of a wider plan to build 10 new hotels.
The chain said its investment should generate around £11m for the local economy, and create 150 new jobs.
Tony O’Brien, Travelodge’s, UK development director, said: ‘Hampshire is one of our top-performing counties in the UK, with demand growing at great pace for good quality branded budget hotel rooms from business and leisure travellers.
‘In response to this growing need, we have extended our target list for the region and we are going to start looking for new sites in 10 locations across Hampshire.
‘These locations stretch from Basingstoke to Portsmouth, encompassing most of the county.
‘We are excited about the growth opportunities in Hampshire and hope to be able to announce more details soon about specific sites.’
Travelodge currently has 15 hotels in Hampshire and employs more than 200 staff members.
Existing hotels include two in Portsmouth, and one each in Havant, Rowlands Castle, and Chichester.
Maureen Frost, deputy chief executive of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said: ‘Tourism is predicted to be one of the growth sectors of the next decade.
‘More hotel spaces will help the local tourist attractions, and there will be more accommodation for business people visiting the area.
‘This move is showing confidence in the area as a growing tourist business and it will bring more people in so will have an impact on the leisure trade.
As reported previously in The News, the Travelodge in Kingston Crescent, Portsmouth, has had a £400,000 refurbishment as part of a plan to invest £223m this year in the business as a whole.